Zia Mian is a physicist with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.


A Path for Peace in South Asia

India and Pakistan continue to prepare for war even though the majority of people in both countries want peace, reports columnist Zia Mian.

United States, Pakistan: The Decade Ahead

Pakistani support for al-Qaeda has declined. But so has support for U.S. policy.

Pushing South Asia Toward the Brink

The United States is arming both India and Pakistan, encouraging India’s nuclear program, and destabilizing the region through its military efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, argues Zia Mian.

Nuclear Promises

The Obama administration has promised to pursue nuclear abolition. Columnist Zia Mian provides the new president with a way to fulfill this promise.

Pakistan, Proliferation, and U.S. Priorities

The release of A. Q. Khan reveals that nuclear proliferation takes a back seat to other U.S. priorities, columnist Zia Mian explains.

Pakistan and the Islamist Challenge

Pakistan’s failure to confront Islamic militants is a threat to itself, its neighbors, and the world.

Pakistans American Problem

The unpopularity of the United States in Pakistan should force Washington to rethink its policies, argues columnist Zia Mian.

Ten Years After

A decade after India and Pakistan exploded their nuclear devices, the cloud that still hangs over South Asia is growing darker.

The Costs of War

Five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, observes columnist Zia Mian, the costs of war stagger the imagination.

How Not to Handle Nuclear Security

If the United States can’t secure its own nuclear complex, why expect Pakistan to do it any better?

Rule of Force vs. Rule of Law in Pakistan

Musharraf tries to stamp out a movement for democracy that could confront him and the larger structure of army rule.

How Not to Win Friends and Influence People

Zia Mian explains how U.S. arms policy in South Asia sells death and destruction and buys little influence.

Congress Plays Politics over Iraq War

While Congress fiddles with legislation, Iraq burns. The price for this political theater, guest columnist Zia Mian writes, will be paid by Iraqis.

Controlling the Bomb

Nuclear proliferation can at best only be slowed down through a process of sanctions and double standards. The use of force shall serve to make other states believe that if only they had the bomb they would be safe. This way leads to catastrophe. The alternative, non-proliferation by cooperation and consent, cannot succeed as long as the United States is insistent on retaining and improving its nuclear arsenal and allowing its allies to have these weapons.

A Story of Leaders, Partners, and Clients

The U.S.-China-India triangle.

Feeding the Nuclear Fire

The costs of the Indian-U.S. nuclear deal to India.

U.S.-Russian Lessons for South Asia

The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.

Nuclear War in South Asia

There is reason to believe nuclear capability may make the chances of war worse in South Asia.

Walk Softly and Look Ahead in Nuclear South Asia

The U.S. should stop bombing and strengthen humanitarian relief efforts in Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy in Focus

    Afghanistan, Arms Control and Disarmament, India, Pakistan